We have learned about the Community Development and Civic Empowerment Programme (CDCE) when we met with the CDCE Programme Coordinator Nang Seng Pin two months ago.
CDCE is a three-month programme for civil society actors from Myanmar which takes place in Chiang Mai. Each year, twenty to thirty Burmese NGO workers and society actors are invited to follow the CDCE programme which includes academic classes on humanitarian development as well as field trips.
We initially met with Seng Pin in order to learn more about CDCE’s work and to write a blog article, but as it turned out CDCE was seeking advisers for workshops on proposal writing. As Lisa has studied international development which included the editing of project proposals, she offered to step in as an advisor for a group of CDCE participants.
The participants were four young Burmese social actors from different regions Myanmar. They called themselves “Future Light”:
Naw Nandaa Win works in the General Administration Department of the Ministry of Home Affairs in Nay Pyi Daw.
Win Min Set works for the Karuna Mission Social Solidarity.
Saw Eh Doh Soe is member of the Christian Social Service Development Department of the Karen Baptist Convention.
Maw Sein Mya Tin is Senior Project Officer at the NGO Save the Children Myanmar.
During the workshops, Lisa explained how to write project proposals and drafted a concrete project proposal together with the group which will be submitted by Save the Children Myanmar and hopefully find financing.
The workshop included:
– The stakeholder analysis
– the logical framework,
– the budget,
– as well as the writing of the proposal’s text.
The project is a three-year project for 160,000 USD that will support the access to and the quality of education in the Kayin State in Myanmar for children under age of eight with a main focus put on the establishment of Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) Centres.
Major problems in that area are the remote locations of schools and the lack of teachers. Furthermore the parents’ awareness of the importance of child education is to be increased.
After the situation in Kayin State had been unstable for decades due to violent conflicts between the Myanmar government and the Karen National Union (KNU), many refugees are expected to return to their homes in the near future which amplifies the problematic of access to education for the children.
The project proposes to establish ECCD Centres in six target villages and to provide teacher training to local persons. The goal is to grant over 300 children access to ECCD education. Further, the communities and parents are to participate in awareness trainings and in the creation of an education committee which will directly communicate with the KNU and the Myanmar government.
The workshops took place during six weeks and Lisa has met twice a week with her group. The result is improved knowledge of the participants about how to write a project proposal, and a concrete project proposal.
Before the CDCE participants went back to Myanmar, the CDCE organised a farewell dinner for the teachers, advisors and participants during which the project proposal of Future Light won the price of the “most realistic project.”
During the farewell party, the CDCE participants organised a show with traditional dancing and singing: